Abrahamson third to transfer under Collins

Northwestern announced Monday that reserve forward Kale Abrahamson will transfer.

Northwestern announced Monday that reserve forward Kale Abrahamson will transfer.

Abrahamson, who has two years of eligibility remaining, becomes the third NU transfer under new head coach Chris Collins.

When Chier Ajou transferred in January, PW wrote: "Another could follow after the season." Abrahamson's transfer arrived as no surprise, but still marks another difficult moment in the rebuild.

Abrahamson averaged 15.4 minutes this season and helped to lead the team's midseason run—with NU winning five of seven conference games. His improved defense, coupled with more aggressive offense, kept him in the starting lineup for several games.

Still, he failed to maximize his potential under Collins. The Des Moines native held offers from teams including Iowa, Stanford and Wake Forest, but chose Northwestern after building relationships with the old staff.

Abrahamson appeared to be more successful—and more useful—in the Princeton offense led by Carmody. Though his shooting numbers (36 percent and 35 percent from three) were identical between seasons, he attempted 4.5 shots per game in the 2012-13 season compared to only 3.4 this year.

Collins also brings in five of his own recruits next season. Regardless of how immediately skilled they are, coaches obviously tend to prefer the guys they recruit. Top-75 recruit Vic Law should occupy the ‘3' position, with Collins moving towards athletes rather than spot-up shooters. It is a simple difference in style.

Now the third transfer, Abrahamson follows Mike Turner and Chier Ajou out of Evanston. Turner left the team before the year, while Ajou chose to transfer to Seton Hall midway through the season.

After the season, players on the fringe—with minimized roles—tend to reevaluate their status. True freshman Nate Taphorn saw even fewer minutes than Abrahamson this season, struggling to find any role with NU. There is no word on his status, but it would be premature to rule out the possibility of a fourth transfer.

Collins could enter his third year, in 2015-16, with seven or eight players that he recruited. It resembles the classic rebuild, with old transfers opening new spots.

Abrahamson could certainly become an effective mid-major player in a situation that gives him enough playing time.


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